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Sunday, Apr 20, 2014


SOE on H1Z1 vs DayZ

A post on Reddit from SOE's John Smedley follows up glitches in an H1Z1 livestream to answer some viewer questions he saw about the survival/horror game, including a pretty frank answer to questions about similarities to DayZ (thanks GameSpot). Here are his answers:

Answers to common questions I saw:

1) We will have first and third person. Third person will not give you LOS over obstacles. We intend to make it more of a preference. I find myself switching to it occasionally but I love combat in first person. To those who say we can't serve two masters - play the game before you judge.

2) Vehicles will be in third person only. Could this change? Maybe but that's what we're putting in for now.

3) Why was there so much stuff around 15 years later - we wanted to show you how the mechanics worked. Simple as that. We intend to make surviving a lot about catching your food. Longer term about growing it and protecting it.

4) How is this different from Day Z? - saw this a lot. Not going to give some politically correct dodgy b.s. answer. It is a survival in a Zombie Apocalypse game. So is Day Z. They have made a brilliant game (first I might add). They have a great vision for it and can count myself and most of the people on our team as fans and contributors.

We're making the game we're making. Long term we plan on making this about a persistent world with a big landscape with thousands of players. The way we would like to see this roll out is much more like players building small enclaves or pockets of territory and hold out against a legitimate zombie threat that's ever present while others go it alone taking their chances.. These player built structures, forts and towns are one of the ways the players try to carve out some small space in a dangerous world.

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Steam Top 10

Here's Valve's weekly report of the bestselling games on Steam:

  1. DayZ
  2. Dark Souls II
  3. Saints Row IV
  4. Rust
  5. LEGO Marvel Superheroes
  6. Watch Dogs
  7. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
  8. Counter-Strike: Global Operations
  9. Goat Simulator
  10. Space Engineers

Orange Box MP Source Engine Updates

Steam News announces changes to the Source engine have made their way from Team Fortress 2 into Counter-Strike: Source, Day of Defeat: Source, and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch: "Updated Orange Box games with server, client, and engine fixes from Team Fortress 2."

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Thanks Ant.

Out of the Blue

Happy Easter to all who are celebrating. We have lovely weather in these parts to mark the occasion, and some  lamb for grilling today that seems Easter appropriate. Passover also continues, so happy Passover to all who are celebrating that. And to all who are celebrating 4/20, please don't drive!

Celebratory Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Puzzle Legends.
Link: Watch Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen Play The Newlywed Game. Thanks nin.
Stories: Ohio couple who held hands at breakfast even after 70 years of marriage die 15 hours apart.
Beer prices could go up under FDA rule that angers farmers, brewers. Thanks Slashdot.
Images: Horse-headed squirrel.
Media: The Fifth Element - 8 Bit Cinema. Thanks Polygon.
ASSASSIN'S CREED 4 ROCK ANTHEM.
Bull Seduced By a Bike Gone Wrong. Thanks The Flying Penguin.
If Assassin's Creed 4 Had An Honest Trailer.
The Funnies: What’s in a name? EXTRALIFE.

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Saturday, Apr 19, 2014

Ships Ahoy - The Last Federation

The Last Federation is now available via digital distribution, offering a Windows, OS X, and Linux grand-strategy game from Arcen Games (AI War: Fleet Command). The Last Federation website has links to get the game during its launch sale, as well as details and videos to show what it's all about. Here's a handy summary:

From the creators of AI War: Fleet Command comes an all-new grand strategy title with turn-based tactical combat, set in a deep simulation of an entire solar system and its billions of inhabitants. You are the last of a murdered race, determined to unify or destroy the 8 others. But you must work from the shadows, using superior technology.

TLF will become available at various times today on Steam, Humble Store, GOG, GamersGate, Green Man Gaming, as well as direct from ArcenGames.com. Carrying a $19.99 standard tag, the game will be offered at 25% off for the first week -- bringing the price down to just $14.99 until April 25th.

Features

  • Turn-based tactical combat, with up to 5 factions competing at once.
  • Extremely deep simulation of an entire solar system and its billions of inhabitants. Even just watching everything unfold in Observer mode is entertaining, as nations rise and fall.
  • New-player-friendly ramp-up of complexity as you play, which you can disable if you're already a veteran.
  • Eight races each have very distinct personalities and attributes. Each one even has its own completely unique political system.
  • Difficulty levels split between the grand strategy and turn-based combat portions of the game, both ranging from quite casual to incredibly hardcore.
  • Save and reload your game with ease any time, or tough it out in ironman mode.
  • Composer Pablo Vega's best soundtrack to date, featuring 54 minutes of music and the vocal finale "Lay Down Your Arms."

Evolve Teaser

This trailer (NSFW) shows off a brief glimpse of four-versus-one gameplay in Evolve in a teaser for an upcoming clip that will offer a detailed multi-channel look at the upcoming asymmetrical multiplayer game from Turtle Rock Studios. There's not much to this clip, but the upcoming interactive video it promotes will have gameplay from the point-of-view of each of the five participants as well as a commentary track. Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

Holy Saturday! No, I'm not doing my Robin impression... I looked up what to call the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and that turned out to be the answer. I also Googled "maundy," which turns out to be the ritual of foot washing, so now I have that question answered (and apparently Maundy Thursday can also be called Holy Thursday too, following the Holy Week theme).

Holy Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Red Warrior.
Short Legs Want Rabbit.
Paint Over.
Links: The Principal of Columbine, Frank DeAngelis, is Retiring. Thanks nin.
Stories: An Ex-Soldier Designs an Ingenious, Badass Grill for Camping Out. Thanks Cutter.
This Wily Gatecrasher at the White House Is a Red Fox. Thanks nin.
Heroes: Reborn Doesn't Want Hayden Panettiere.
Media: Hilarious SWA Flight attendant. Thanks JDreyer.
Porsche 911 991 issues update. NSFW. Thanks nin.



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